The long-running battle to stop hundreds of new homes from being built in East Yorkshire entered its latest stage today with the start of a public inquiry.
The developers behind the plans near North Ferriby say they're responding to local demand. But campaigners fear the houses will destroy their village. Adam Fowler reports.
The developers behind plans for hundreds of new homes near North Ferriby say the project would be good for the region. A public inquiry is underway after a planning application was turned down earlier in the year.
St. Modwen lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate following East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s decision to turn down our outline planning application for good quality family homes at Melton, in May this year.
We remain convinced that our proposals for a residential development represent the most viable option for this site and for the region as a whole. It is now a matter for the Planning Inspectorate and for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
A public inquiry has opened in to whether developers St Modwen should be allowed to build 510 homes near North Ferriby. Around 1,400 households objected to the scheme, which was refused planning consent by East Riding Council in May, prompting the developers to launch an appeal.
The outcome of the public inquiry will be sent to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles for the final say.
A public inquiry into controversial plans to build 390 homes in North Ferriby will open today.
The six-day inquiry into the appeal by developer St Mowden will be held at County Hall in Beverley.
About 1,400 households objected to the scheme, which was refused planning consent by East Riding Council for land off Brickyard Lane, Melton.
The property market is showing signs of recovery with House prices reaching a new high in August, according to the Office of National Statistics.
A 0.5% month-on-month uplift took the average price across the UK to £247,000.
Prices were 3.8% higher year on year, with England recording the strongest annual growth at 4.1%, followed by 1.1% in Northern Ireland and 1.0% in Wales, while Scotland saw prices fall by 0.7% over the year typically.
The housing market is expected to see the heat of demand from would-be buyers turned up further over the coming months, following the launch of the Government's new Help to Buy scheme, which offers state-backed mortgages to people with deposits as low as 5%.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), NatWest, Halifax and Bank of Scotland started offering loans under the initiative last week and have reported strong interest so far, while more lenders including HSBC, Barclays and Santander have also confirmed their plans to come on board.
Students in Hull will today call on the council to scrap plans to limit the number of multiple-occupancy houses in the Newland area. The student union says it could mean students have to live in more deprived areas.
City of York Council is holding extra drop-in sessions to provide advice on housing. The sessions aim to help older people make decisions about their future housing needs.
The scheme offers one to one advice for older people, providing easy access to good guidance for anyone who has questions about their housing situation, such as their options to downsize, or how to stay independent in their own home.
Feedback from the well-received first series of sessions showed that people who were worried about housing issues were not sure how to resolve them, so I’m really pleased that we will be able to reach out to even more people in 2013.”
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